Bennett from the Bleachers: Dominant first half sends women’s soccer to Final Four (Breaking News)

Bennett Durando
Sports Columnist

BENNETT BLEACHERSHow much can you do in 40 minutes of soccer?

Allie Thomas can score a hat trick. Senior Maddie Pokorny can score two goals and create two more on assists. Junior Emma Lieb can add two goals, and sophomore Jacqueline Baetz can register two more assists.

The Webster women’s soccer team can outscore Sikeston on the road 8-0.

The Stateswomen’s incredible first half in the State quarterfinal was all they needed to breeze by into the Final Four for the first time since 1987.

The only thing Webster left us wondering in the utterly dominant half was how senior goalkeeper Charlotte Kennedy didn’t score.

The Stateswomen put the game away in the first seven minutes, with a four-goal flurry which had likeness to the German national team taking apart the hopeful hosts from Brazil in the World Cup last year.

The Stateswomen scored in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh minutes in their jaw-dropping start, then “stepped on the brakes,” doubling their score by halftime to finish off the game’s scoring.

Meanwhile, Kennedy was notching the 24th Webster shutout of the year. Webster, a team who has relied on lockdown defense all year, has six consecutive shutouts as part of a 13 game win streak. The team has allowed one goal total during the streak.

In the playoffs, four games out of the streak, the Stateswomen have outscored opponents 21-0.

There are two more wins to go for Webster if they want the State Championship hardware. The team will face Notre Dame de Sion, who won in double overtime in their quarterfinal today, in one of next Friday’s State Semifinals.

The other Final Four game matches up Incarnate Word with Rockwood Summit (23-2), one of two teams to beat Webster this year.

The games take place at Blue Springs South, on the same field where early in the school year the men’s soccer team won twice to capture its first State title.

In one week, we may be seeing double.



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